How We Use FEEDLY To Increase Productivity
FEEDLY, a news aggregator app, as I mentioned in our article 8 Free Apps We Use To Increase Our Productivity, is another app which I’m addicted to after Pocket and we’re gonna go in details of Feedly in this article.
Let’s start with what feedly is and what does it do.
Sometimes we like contents (be it news articles from online news publications, videos, images, or some other useful content) from too many sources on internet that we don’t want to miss it. But with internet changing and growing so fast, it’s hard to keep up with the time. We can’t find time from our daily schedule to go back to every source and check if something is new there or not. And in result, we can miss out something interesting, something helpful from the source we love.
That’s where Feedly comes in to help us. It organises all of theses things from all the sources we love, at one place. So that we can access it from a single place. (Yes, you heard it right, from a single place !!👆 )
So let’s get into every detail of how we can use it to increase our productivity, one by one.
Get started on Feedly
To get started on Feedly, go to https://feedly.com. You will see a green button with “Get Started For Free” written on it. Click on that button.
Clicking on that button will give you 3 options, “Continue with Google”, “Continue with feedly” and “Continue with Facebook”
If you want to sign up on feedly using Google, click on “Continue with Google”, if you want to sign up using your email id and password, click on “Continue with Feedly” and if you want to sign up using your Facebook, click on “Continue with Facebook”
If you will click on “Continue with Google”, you will be asked for your google id and password, enter it and allow permissions to feedly. You will be signed up on feedly and will be redirected to your feedly account dashboard.
If you will click on “Continue with Feedly”, you will be asked to enter your full name, email id and password you want for your feedly account. Enter the details and click on CREATE MY ACCOUNT button and you will be signed up for feedly.
If you will click on “Continue with Facebook”, you will have to log in to your facebook account and give permissions to feedly. Once you’ll do that, you will be signed up for feedly and will be redirected to your feedly account dashboard.
Your feedly account dashboard will be looking like image given below :
From these dashboard, you can browse content from different categories by clicking on relevant hashtags displayed there.
Edit your profile on Feedly
To edit your profile name or profile picture on feedly, click on your profile picture on upper right corner of your feedly account dashbboard and then click on “settings”, it will open all the settings options.
From these options, click on “Your Profile” option.You can change your display name and profile picture to whatever you want, as shown in image below.
After changing it, click on “Save Changes” button and your changes will be saved.
Add sources to feedly
You will find your sources to add in your feedly just by searching by its name. But if sometimes it doesn’t show up when you search by its name, you will need URL of your source to add it.
To add your source in feedly, either click on “+ Add Content” button placed on left side corner of your feedly account dashboard and then click on “Publications & Blogs” or click on button saying “Create your first feed” on left hand side of the dashboard.
When you’ll click one of these buttons, you will see screen as shown in image below :
In the search box, enter name, title or URL of website you want to add and hit enter button, it will process for few seconds and will show you name of the source you want to add with follow button beside its name, as shown in image below. Click on “FOLLOW” button.
When you will click on “Follow” button, it will ask you to give name to the feed. Enter name you want to give to the feed and click on “CREATE” button. Your source will be added to your feedly account dashboard. This will be visible to left hand side menu of your feedly dashbard from where you will be able to access it.
When you will click on name of sources content of which you want to see, all the content from that source will be displayed on dashboard.
Create boards on Feddly
Board on feedly is feature which you can use to keep all the articles of same topic from different sources together. For example, you can arrange all the articles related to productivity into the board names productivity.
To create board on feedly, click on the “Create New Board” option from the menu on left hand side.
Once you will click on that button, a window asking name for your board will open. Enter name you want to give to your board and then click on “create” button.
Once you will click on create button, your board will be created and you will see screen as shown in image below :
Add article into board
To add some article into specific board, click on star icon placed on bar upon article when you open the article.
Once you will click on that icon, a popup suggesting all the boards will open. Click on the name of the board in which you want to save the article and your article and your article will be saved into that board.
Save some article for later in feedly
If you landed on some article you want to read but you are not ready to read it at the time, you can save that article for later in feedly itself.
To save some article for later, click on the article you want to save and open it.
You will see a button to save that article for later on the bar upon the article, as shown in image below, click on that button and that article will be saved.
You will be able to access that article whenever you want from “Read Later” tab from the left hand side menu
Share article to social sites from feedly
You can share any article from your feedly directly to your different social media accounts.
To do so, click on name of the article you want to share and open it. You will see options to share it via buffer or hootsuite, on linked in, on twitter, on wordpress, or to mail someone on the bar upon the article.
To see other options, click on three dots given beside these options. In drop down menu which will open, you will see other options like Facebook, google+ and InstaPaper.
When you will share some article to any of your social media account from your feedly, that social media will ask for permissions. To alllow, you will have to log into your social media account and allow it.
Once you will do it, you will be able to share it directly without logging into your social media account from the second time onwards.
Save article into your Pocket account to access it later from there
If you don’t want to save articles you want to read later in feedly, you can save it in your Pocket from right into your feedly account as well.
To do so, open the article you want to to save into your pocket and click on three dots given on the bar upon the article. In drop down which will open, you will see “Pocket”, click on that.
When you will do this for the first time, you will have log into your Pocket account and give permissions to feedly. From second time onwards you will be able to save any article into your pocket just by clicking on pocket button from that drop down menu.
Edit general settings
To change some general seetings of your feedly account, go to the all setting options by clicking “settings” from profile dropdown menu and then click on “General” from all the options available.
From here, you will be able to change settings like which page would you like to see when you open start feedly, how would you like to see your content arranged – in title only view format, in magazine view format, in cards view or article view format, how would you like your content to be sorted for you, and many other.
Useful Links :
- Feedly Website : https://feedly.com/
- Feedly iOS : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feedly-get-smarter/id396069556?mt=8
- Feedly Android app : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly&hl=en
- Feedly Chrome extension : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/feedly/hipbfijinpcgfogaopmgehiegacbhmob?hl=en
So this is all about Feedly for this article, if you have any other queries or questions regarding this article, ask us in comment. If you are already using feedly then tell us how do you like it in comment section and if you know other apps like feedly please mention it in comments, we would love to hear from you.
In our upcoming articles, we will be getting into details of other free apps mentioned in our article 8 Free Apps We Use To Increase Our Productivity, so keep visiting.
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